For those of us living in North America there's an unfortunately reality that needs to be dealt with—you're never going to (legally) get a brand new Land Rover Defender or Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series here to stay. The only reprieve for those who feel that they simply must have a rest-of-world specification vehicle is the fact that we're blessed with a 25 year import exemption rule that allows us to bring in some interesting, albeit older vehicles. The thing is though, there's plenty of really fantastic vehicles that were imported into North America right from the get-go.
Now, usually the vehicles we get are a bit dolled up with some fancy interior and exterior trimmings, (for some reason people like to hate on heated seats) but at the core, they're still the same vehicles as their more basic overseas counterparts. For example the Land Cruiser Prado is sold in North America as the Lexus GX470—essentially the same truck, outfitted a bit differently with a more luxurious interior. North America also has another great resource—big trucks. Sportsmobile, EarthRoamer, and others all build on platforms you can get in North America, why? Because they not only have sufficient cargo capacity to hold all of your gear in addition to the build-out of the vehicle, but they have the power and driveline to move it.
For our use, many often consider that the 1990's brought some of the best vehicles, others say that some of the best platforms ever to be sold in North America are on the showroom floor right now.
Anyways, what's the best overland vehicle ever sold in North America according to you?
Interact is an opportunity for you to voice your opinion here on the front page. The idea is to provide a usable resource for the overland community on much-discussed topics through the comments at the bottom. Please refrain from posting pointless, hateful, and generally idiotic statements.
Due to unforseen technical difficulties we regret to inform you that prior comments have been lost.